FSU Beat: Seminoles Brace for Potentially Monumental Finish to 2012

Florida State quarterback E.J. Manuel

Coming off of a hard fought win on the road against Virginia Tech last Thursday night, Florida State looks to avoid a letdown game as it stares down what could be their best season in a full decade. The Seminoles travel to College Park, Maryland to take on a severely ailing Terps team in their shot to clinch the Atlantic Division of the ACC for the second time in three years.

Maryland’s injury situation has been well documented throughout the season, most notably at quarterback, where they have had to start a freshman linebacker for the last two games. To be frank, there is no plausible way a team can expect to beat Florida State with an actual linebacker playing under center. The only way that the Seminoles lose this game is if they have a total meltdown on special teams and offense, turning the ball over numerous times.

The Terrapin defense is the one positive they have going for them. Maryland has the second best defensive unit in the conference behind Florida State, and the best defense FSU will have faced all season by a decent margin. For fans who have been agitated with how the Seminoles have looked on offense on the road, Saturday is not likely to yield much relief. This has the potential to be a very ugly game. Regardless, Florida State should be able to win this game in a relatively comfortable fashion and clinch an ACC Championship Game birth.

As it stands now, regardless of who FSU would potentially face in Charlotte, they are almost guaranteed to be a 20 point favorite in that game. As naive as it may be, there are plenty of fans and media pundits that are already writing in Florida State for a trip to the Orange Bowl. The Seminoles have a chance to run the table from here, which would give them their first 13 win season of all time, their first season with two losses or less since 2002 and their first conference title since 2005. With all this on the horizon and a top five in-state rival looming at Doak Campbell Stadium next weekend, Saturday’s matchup at Maryland may be a formality in the eyes of many, but it may actually be the true definition of a trap game.

 

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Adam Tolliver, @primediscussion on TwitterAdam Tolliver is an Atlanta, GA native and college football enthusiast who has been covering Florida State Seminole sports for three years. He is currently a contributor at Tomahawknation.com and XOFan.com, where he consistently delivers honest and accurate commentary and reporting regarding Florida State Seminole Football and Men’s Basketball. You can find Adam’s personal twitter account @primediscussion, where he spouts out about all things under the sun, or you can follow @Unconquered_FSU, which is exclusively dedicated to FSU Sports.

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